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Gambia to withdraw from International Criminal Court

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Gambia has announced its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing it of targeting Africans. Tuesday's announcement follows similar decisions this month by South Africa and Burundi to abandon the Hague-based court.Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said in an announcement on state television that the court had ignored crimes committed by the West. He said, "not a single Western war criminal has been indicted", and that the withdrawal is, "warranted by the fact that the ICC, despite being called International Criminal Court, is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans". The ICC was set up in 2002 to try the world's worst crimes but has been accused by African leaders of bias and racism. This latest decision will also come as a personal blow to the court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, a former Gambian justice minister.
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